The blind Fortuna drops Happiness and Misfortune from the Tree of Life
Jean Boulanger; Ottaviano Viviani
The theme of Fortune, understood to the Latin as "fate", whose results are always unpredictable, enjoyed an incredible popularity in the figurative arts of the seventeenth century. The fresco made in 1640 by Jean Boulanger (1606-1660), the main artifex of the wall decorations of the summer residence of the dukes in Sassuolo, in the environment known precisely as Sala della Fortuna, is a warning not to underestimate the inconstancy of Fortune. A warning that must also echo in a place dedicated to idleness, which was precisely the summer delight of Sassuolo, which by definition represented a refuge from the rigor of the court, center of power and fulcrum of the political life of the Duchy.